Ricardo A. Rubiales, LCSW is nationally certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is an approved TF-CBT trainer, having completed the Train-the-Trainer, -Supervisor, and -Consultant programs with the developers of this evidence based treatment model. He is also trained and experienced in Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB-) CBT, working with victims of human trafficking/CSEC, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MB-CT), and Play Therapy, as well as other populations and modalities. Ricardo is the former Clinical Director at Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, which provides respite shelter and community based services for youth in crisis, homeless, or in the dependency system; and former Clinical Supervisor at Kristi House, a non-profit agency and child advocacy center that serves victims of abuse and their non-offending caregivers. Ricardo currently provides therapy, licensure supervision, and TF-CBT training and consultation through his part-time private practice, Rubi Therapy & Consultation Services, while continuing to work and collaborate with local community, non-profit, and child welfare organizations and professionals serving at risk youth and their families.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Rubiales, Ricardo A., LCSW
Runyon, Melissa, PhD
Rutgers Biomedical/Health Sciences
The Rutgers Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery (CCRTR), located in Piscataway, NJ, is a partnership between Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers School of Nursing, Rutgers School of Social Work, and the New Jersey Children’s System of Care. The center aims to provide training and consultation in evidence-informed trauma screening, assessment and treatment to the current and developing NJ workforce of child mental health service providers. The CCRTR partners access trainings and consultation in the provision of the trauma-focused screening and assessment, and the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework. The CCRTR focuses on supporting providers that deliver trauma-informed service to youth ages 0-10 and their caregivers in order to engage in early interventions for children exposed to trauma. We also track outcomes for children and families receiving services from our key providers that are engaged in our trauma-informed care learning communities. The Center aims to create a highly skilled workforce to provide trauma-focused interventions to New Jersey’s most vulnerable children at a critical time in their development. CCRTR is developing a resource-rich website that will include information and links related to trauma-informed care for children and families. The CCRTR’s long-term benefits for New Jersey’s children and families is to use a targeted approach to screen and treat trauma’s impact, build resilience in children and their families, and create a large, interdisciplinary learning community in the state of NJ for providers dedicated to trauma-informed care.
Safe Horizon, Inc., Center for Child Traumatic Stress
The Center for Child Traumatic Stress (CCTS) will adapt, disseminate, implement, and sustain culturally competent, trauma-focused, evidence-based treatment services for children at multiple points in the posttraumatic trajectory. A range of treatments will be provided at Safe Horizon's diverse child service settings throughout New York City including acute and early interventions, and longer-term treatments for more chronic PTSD. During the four years of this project, CCTS expects to serve approximately 28,200 youth.
Schacht, Megan, PhD
Megan Schacht was the former Clinical Manager of the Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. She now is the Manager of Family and Clinical Services at the St. Louis County Family Court and remains active with the NCTSN in areas related to juvenile justice and complex trauma.
Seilicovich, Irma, MA, LMFT
Irma Seilicovich is COO and co-founder of The Village Family Services, a nonprofit that works primarily with children exposed to trauma, in North Hollywood, CA. Ms. Seilicovich has been actively working in the mental health field for over 20 years with a focus on children and families who have been victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Formerly coordinator for the Trauma Center at Children’s Institute Inc. and a current member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Ms. Seilicovich continues her association with the NCTSN while implementing evidence-based trauma treatment for children at The Village Family Services.
Serving Children and Adolescents in Need (S.C.A.N.), Border Traumatic Stress Response (Border TSR)
The Border Traumatic Stress Response Center is a program of Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN) in Laredo, TX. The Center provides individual counseling services to youth that have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event including sexual and physical abuse, traumatic grief, and exposure to family, community or school violence. The target population is trauma exposed youth ages 3 to 17 including children of military families, children involved in the child welfare system, children of caregivers with substance use disorders who receive outpatient trauma treatment, children receiving shelter services through SCAN’s Emergency Youth Shelter, and adolescents ages 12 to 17 with co-occurring trauma and substance abuse that are involved in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems and are receiving residential substance abuse treatment at SCAN. The target population is composed almost entirely of first generation Mexican Americans or Mexican immigrants who are bilingual or primarily Spanish speaking. The evidence-based interventions being implemented include TF-CBT and ICARE, with cultural modifications made to ensure that all services are culturally and linguistically relevant. The Center partners with community stakeholders representing local school districts, law enforcement, juvenile justice, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, and child welfare.
Sharda, Liz, LMSW
Liz Sharda, LMSW, is a trainer and consultant focusing in trauma-informed practice within the child welfare system. Liz has worked in various capacities in the child welfare system for 10 years. Most recently (2008-2012), she was the program coordinator for an NCTSI-funded program at Bethany Christian Services, which provided trauma-focused treatment to children in the foster care system and their biological parents. Liz currently provides training to child welfare professionals and foster parents, often utilizing the NCTSN’s Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit and the Resource Parent Curriculum. Liz and her husband are also foster parents.
Shelley S. Foreman
Sigrest, Jennifer, MS, LPC
Jennifer Sigrest was the former Evaluation Coordinator for the Trauma Recovery for Youth Project with Catholic Charities in Jackson, MS. She is now co-owner of Lotus Place Counseling and specializes in working with adolescents and adults dealing with issues of traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, LGBT-related concerns, and other life stressors. She provides consultation and collaboration with organizations working to implement and sustain best practices or to change and improve existing systems. She remains involved with NCTSN through the affiliate program and has a special interest in working with the LGBT population.